Lewis Hamilton promises to ‘prepare for war’ at Japanese Grand Prix

• British F1 driver not distracted by 34-point lead over Sebastian Vettel
• ‘The goal is to continue to win races even if I don’t have to’

Lewis Hamilton has said there will be no let-up in his drive to claim a fourth Formula One world championship as the season enters the final five meetings at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The British driver was insistent that his battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel would remain fiercely competitive and that he would “prepare for war”.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points after he claimed second place at the last round in Malaysia while Vettel, who had started at the back of the grid, could manage only fourth. Hamilton, who had struggled with his car in Sepang with the Mercedes proving difficult to set up and lacking the pace of both the Red Bulls and Ferraris, was under no illusions of what he had to do to maintain the advantage.

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